Jewish Continuity and Jewish Destiny: It’s Not Just About You

A Response to Is Jewish Continuity Sexist? by Mijal Bitton (Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, Spring 2021)

“In delineating the various people and parties who could conceivably be offended by a Jewish continuity agenda, Bitton leaves out the most important population of all: the future humans upon whom the entirety of civilization rests. It’s true that having children is physically and emotionally taxing, and undoubtedly the burdens are unequally distributed between genders, at least for discrete periods in a child’s life. Some of these challenges can certainly be remedied; others are on a certain level inherent. Eve is told “in pain you shall bear your children,” and Adam too, is destined to work hard for all the days of life. Yet any account of these difficulties needs to be contextualized with at least a passing mention of the vast potential that accompanies bringing forth new life into the world.”

Please see here for the full response, thank you to Sources and to Mijal Bitton for the opportunity to reflect.

2 thoughts on “Jewish Continuity and Jewish Destiny: It’s Not Just About You

  1. shalvag

    Hi Sarah, I just read this and loved it!! You raised so many of the important points surrounding Jewish pro-natalism…I love how your argument so sensitively accounted for those who cannot have children and also how it emphasized the unfathomable potential of every Jewish child…so refreshing and beautiful to read! Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom!!! Shalva

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